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RUDOLPH BLASCHKA - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/14/1938 - HFSID 154892

Glassmaker Rudolph Blaschka wrote this letter from Hosteritz, Germany in 1938, the year before his death, to send the recipient his latest photograph Autograph Letter signed: "Rudolph Blaschka", 1p, 5½x7. Hosteritz, near Dresden (Germany), 1938 January 14. To "Dear Mrs.…"

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RUDOLPH BLASCHKA
Glassmaker Rudolph Blaschka wrote this letter from Hosteritz, Germany in 1938, the year before his death, to send the recipient his latest photograph
Autograph Letter signed: "Rudolph Blaschka", 1p, 5½x7. Hosteritz, near Dresden (Germany), 1938 January 14. To "Dear Mrs. Sarah Newland", in full: "In reply to your kind letter of December 12th I enclose my latest photograph [not present]. Thanking for your kind Christmas greeting I send all good wishes for the year 1938 to you. Yours very truly". Rudolph Blaschka (1857-1939)and his father Leopold (1822-1895)were descended from a long line of glassmakers, originally from Venice and then arriving from Bohemia to work in Germany. Rudolph and his father called themselves "natural history artisans," because their specialty was creating intricate and highly realistic glass models of living creatures, produced on commission. Their most famous achievement was the collection of over 3,000 plant models owned by Harvard University's Museum of Natural History, formerly called the Ware Collection and now known simply as the Glass Flowers. An average of 160,000 persons a year come to view the Glass Flowers, but there are fine examples of the Blaschkas' work elsewhere, notably Cornell University's Marine Invertebrate collections. To this day, nobody has successfully replicated the detailed accuracy of the Blashka glass. Fold crease not near signature. Fine condition.

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